Author: Leigh Raper


Leigh Raper has a degree in English Literature from the University of Miami and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she concentrated on Contracts, Entertainment Law, and Labor Relations. She received her MFA at the UCR-Palm Desert program for Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

Estate planning for single parents

Thoughtful estate planning is important for all parents. But for single parents, a thorough and legally compliant plan is vital to ensure that their wishes are carried out. Wills In many ways, estate planning for a single parent is no different than that for married parents. All parents should have a will in place to […]

Gideon v. Wainwright and the role of public-defense lawyers

Nikolas Cruz, the defendant in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, stands accused of killing 17 innocent victims. The evidence against him – including a confession – seems overwhelming. Bereft of money, where can he find legal representation? From public-defense lawyers: court-appointed criminal attorneys who represent defendants who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer. Initially, […]

Should I do my own taxes?

Lawmakers promised a federal income tax system so simple that you could file an individual return on a postcard. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 didn’t quite hit that target – and even if it had, it wouldn’t have mattered until next year anyway. Right now, your concern is filing your 2017 return […]

Changes for H-1B visa applications

On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued new guidance about documentation requirements for H-1B visa petitions. Intended to help USCIS officers evaluate applications, this guidance outlines more robust, although not necessarily new, standards for the contracts and itineraries that support a petitioner’s application for a work visa. H-1B visa basics […]

What is a deposition?

Depositions, an out-of-court session where a witness gives sworn testimony, happen all the time, in legal disputes large and small, but the process remains unfamiliar to many.